Between last night and this morning, I’ve had four Krispy Kreme donuts. That doesn’t seem like a lot, until you consider how relatively small they are … and you look at the calories in them. I think I’ll be riding the exercise bike today.

  • Starlin Castro and the Cubs have NOT yet agreed to an extension, despite the Enrique Rojas report from last evening. “We still have a few days to get this finished off, and that’s if everything goes well,” Castro’s agent Paul Kinzer told the Tribune. “It could still blow up. It’s ongoing. We don’t have a formal contract. I’m on a beach down in Florida and I saw [the report] scrolling. How could anyone go with that without it being confirmed?” These premature reports are becoming quite the issue in the Cubs’ world. At present, Theo Epstein has no comment, and the Cubs don’t have any announcements scheduled.
  • That said, the deal is obviously going to get done – Castro was asked about the deal last night and he quipped that he liked the numbers. “The numbers they said on the TV, I don’t know if it’s right yet,” Castro said, according to Patrick Mooney. “But, I mean, I’ll take it.”

  • Brett Jackson says last night was the best he’s felt at the plate this year, despite having a few strikeouts (he also homered, his first in the bigs). “I think today is the best I’ve felt at the plate despite the strikeouts,” said Jackson. “I let it loose a little bit today. Not to say I was holding back before, but I’ve been working tirelessly with James [Rowson, hitting coach] and Dale on some stuff. New stuff can be a challenge to put into the game, but today I kind of felt good and let the swing go.”
  • Anthony Rizzo talks about his even keeled approach, which helps him stay focused in each game.
  • Alfonso Soriano is proud to have reached the 1,000 RBI plateau. He should be proud, even if RBI aren’t a particularly useful stat.
  • A brief interview with Jorge Soler.
  • So, Melky Cabrera tried very hard to beat his steroid rap. Like, created-a-fake-website hard.

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